Maury lineman Paul Hutson, III (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
East Carolina offers Darian Varner; Paul Hutson, III picks up Maryland
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Varner’s performance at East Carolina earned him an offer from the Pirates. Hutson had picked up an offer from Maryland earlier in the week at a one-day prospect camp in College Park.
“We’ve been in touch for a while and (Coach Shankweiler) wanted me to get to camp,” Varner said. “I knew we were coming today, because of the team camp. I came. I participated and showed out. I earned the offer on the spot.”
Coach Shankwiler is the offensive line coach at East Carolina and he directly recruits the 757. The relationship is established since Greenville is only a little more than two hours away from Maury High School and Shankweiler has recruited the 757 for years.
“They like how I’m always in the front of the line every drill and how I hustle,” Darien explained.
Varner now holds ten offers with the addition of East Carolina and he indicated that he might be in the position to narrow down his options soon.
“I’ll be narrowing things down in July, during the dead period, and I’ll probably release a top five afterwards (later in the month). I’ll probably make my decision right before the first game,” he said.
Of course that first game comes against Bethel High School in the recruit757 Kickoff Classic at Darling Stadium on Labor Day weekend. That’s a game that’s part of a huge event for the region’s high school football programs.
Varner’s offer list includes East Carolina, Liberty, Temple, Norfolk State, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, NC A&T, Charlotte and Ohio University.
Paul Hutson is only a rising sophomore, but colleges have taken notice of his combination of size, skill and potential.
Hutson held an offer from Virginia Tech before picking up an offer from William and Mary earlier this month. The addition of Maryland gives him three great options for college before his sophomore year even starts.
“I had a good camp at Maryland. Coach Cowsette and the staff there were able to teach me things to make me a better player,” Hutson said. “I love the coaching staff there. Coach Cowsette told me he’d like for me to develop into a 3-tech, and get bigger and stronger.
We’ll look forward to seeing a lot more of Paul this fall, and as his high school career progresses beyond that. Maury Football and Paul Hutson, III certainly have a bright future ahead.
– Andy Hilton